Where Does It Live?

Nephelium lappaceum is an exotic evergreen tree native to west Malaysia and the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, but now can be found commercially grown in Australia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, New Guinea, tropical Africa and Hawaii.

The rambutan thrives in humid, tropical areas with a good amount of rainfall. The prime location for such weather is roughly 17 degrees north or south of the Equator. The rambutan prefers to grow in well-drained sandy or clay, nutrient rich soil, but has adapted to growing in various other types of soil due to its growing demand in many countries. Often, the rambutan grows well on hillsides with a modest slope. To learn about the Sweet Orange that shares the similar habitat, click here.


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